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An Appeal for the Opposition Party and the CCHR to End Conflict

Important civil society representatives and a number of people Tuesday appeal for the opposition Sam Rainsy party (SRP) and Cambodia Center for Human Rights (CCHR) end their conflict and warn that if the two sides continue their dispute this might have an impact on democracy in Cambodia.

Mr. Kuol Panha, director of Cambodian election monitoring group Comfrel is surprised when he heard that SRP and CCHR have a conflict, saying that this will have some impact on democracy.

He pushes the leaders of the two sides to discuss things and find a solution to end their dispute. The two leaders are considered to be democratic advocates.

The SRP and the CCHR led by Mr. Kem Sokha were seen as having conflicts as work partners in recent times, after opposition SRP boycotts the CCHR's public forums because some SRP officials were unhappy about the CCHR's officials' criticisms.

Another election monitoring group's executive director Hang Puthea of Nicfec, says that the two sides are plainly in conflict, and he is afraid that democracy in Cambodia will meet with difficulty.